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Today, millions of people are looking for ways to make money outside of a traditional job. Maybe you have a full-time job and you’re looking to make something extra, or maybe you want to make enough money that you can stay home with your kids instead of going to a day job. Regardless of your situation, there are plenty of side hustle ideas that have the potential you’re looking for. The key is simply finding the right one for you.
This article is a collection of more than 150 possible side hustles. It’s quite an exhaustive list, so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference.
Regardless of your schedule, skills, and stage of life, there are plenty of possibilities here. Take some time to read through the list, find the ones that interest you the most, and take action.
The opportunities are categorized and quick links to the categories are in the Table of Contents below.
My Favorite Side Hustle Ideas
I want to start the article by mentioning some of my favorite side hustles. Of course, they could also fit into the categories covered later in the article, but I want to highlight them as some of the best side hustles.
1. Start a Blog
Blogging is my favorite side hustle for a few important reasons:
- It can be done part-time or full-time, depending on your goals.
- You’ll build a valuable asset that you can sell in the future.
- The income potential is virtually unlimited.
- You can start a blog on just about any topic that interests you (as long as other people are interested in it too).
I started a blog as a side hustle in 2007 and it turned into a full-time business in 2008. Since then, I’ve had blogs on topics like graphic design, photography, travel, personal finance, and more. I’ve sold a few different blogs for a combined total of more than $1 million.
The downside to blogging is that it takes time and effort before you’ll start to see the payoff. You may not make any money for the first 6 months or more. It’s a good option if you’re looking to build a long-term business, but not good if you need to start making money immediately.
If you’re interested in blogging, see my article How to Start a Blog which walks you through the steps to take.
2. Build a Niche Website
Niche websites are similar to blogs, but there are a few differences. While blogs are often personal and blog readers tend to feel a connection to the writer behind the blog, niche websites are typically not personal. Readers usually don’t care or even know who is writing the article.
The content of a niche website will be highly focused on a particular topic, and the goal is to cover that topic as thoroughly as possible. Many niche websites generate revenue through affiliate marketing (as well as ad revenue), so they tend to publish content that mentions or features products they can promote as an affiliate. For example, a niche website on yoga might publish an article like “The 10 Best Yoga Blocks”.
Niche websites typically get the majority of their traffic from search engines, so most (if not all) of the articles published at these sites will target a specific keyword or phrase that people are searching for.
Building niche websites comes with the same benefits as blogging. It’s an excellent option for anyone who wants to build an online business and is willing to put in some work upfront.
If you’re interested in building a money-making niche website, see my Complete Guide to Building a Profitable Niche Website.
With an internet connection and some typing skills, you can make extra money as a transcriptionist. You’ll benefit from flexible hours and you can make real money for your work.
This is one of my favorite side hustles because of the incredible flexibility. You can work as few or as many hours as you want, and work whenever you want. It can be a part-time gig that you do a few hours per week, or it can be a full-time career (there are a lot of transcription jobs out there). If you have a day job or other commitments, you can easily do the transcription work however it fits into your schedule.
If you want to learn how you can make money as a transcriptionist, check out this free 7-lesson mini course from Janet Shaughnessy of Transcribe Anywhere. Janet has loads of experience in the industry and her training is the best available for anyone looking to make money as a transcriptionist.
4. Work as a Virtual Assistant
Working as a virtual assistant can be a great side hustle or even a full-time business. Virtual assistants perform a lot of different tasks, depending on the job. Things like customer service, administrative work, and managing social media accounts are common tasks for VAs.
There is a huge demand for skilled VAs, so there’s plenty of work available and it’s possible to earn a nice hourly rate.
Kayla Sloan offers a free workshop called 5 Steps to Become a Virtual Assistant. This is an ideal starting point for anyone who’s interested in working as a VA, either part-time or full-time.
5. Rent Storage Space
If you have a busy schedule and you’re looking for a way to make some extra cash without dedicating a lot of time to a side hustle, you may want to consider rentals. There are a lot of different things you can rent, but one of the most practical and realistic options for many people is storage space.
Do you have extra space in your basement, attic, garage, shed, or closet that you’re not using? Or maybe you have a spare bedroom that could be used for storage, or even a storage unit or shipping container. Neighbor is a popular platform for peer-to-peer storage rentals. People in your local area may be willing to pay you to storage some of their things in your unused space.
This side hustle is ideal because it requires very little time and generates (mostly) passive income. It also doesn’t require any particular skills or experience. All you need to do is find some space that you can rent out and create a profile on Neighbor. There’s no cost to list your space and you’re in control of when and how renters use your space.
Learn more and get started at Neighbor.com.
6. Rent Out Your RV
Most people who own an RV only use it at certain times, maybe a few weeks throughout the year. If that is the case for you, you can make a good income just by renting out your RV to other people.
Of course, I know that most people (including me) don’t own an RV, so this is not a practical option for everyone. However, if you do own an RV or camper, this rental side hustle could be the perfect way to make some extra money by turning your RV into an income-generating asset.
This side hustle has a serious upside with real income potential. There’s a strong demand for RV and camper rentals since many people either don’t want to buy one, don’t have the space to store it, or couldn’t afford to buy it. As a result, it’s not hard to find renters. According to RVshare, you can make up to $22,000 per year just by allowing other people to use your RV.
If you have an RV, be sure to check out RVshare, which is the leading platform for peer-to-peer RV rentals.
7. Rent Out Your Truck
If you have a truck, you can easily turn it into an income-generating asset by listing it for rent on Fetch. They guarantee that you’ll make at least $1,500 in the first 90 days with each new vehicle you list on the platform, so it’s clear that real income potential exists. According to Fetch, you can make up to $1,800 per month by renting out your truck.
Like the other rental options already mentioned, renting out your truck is mostly passive. Fetch handles customer service, renter verification, and payment processing. All you need to do is clean the truck and make it accessible for renters. With the Fetch smart device, renters can unlock the truck with their phone, so you don’t even need to meet them to provide the key.
Turn your truck into extra money by listing it for rent on Fetch.
8. Start a YouTube Channel
Popular YouTube channels bring in a LOT of money. You can make money from ad clicks, you can sell sponsorships that will be promoted in your videos, and you can also create videos to promote products as an affiliate.
In some ways, starting a YouTube channel is similar to starting a blog, except you’ll be creating video content instead of written content.
If you’re interested in YouTube, please see YouTube for Beginners – How to Start and Grow Your YouTube Channel.
9. Freelance Writing
If you need to start making money immediately, freelance writing is a better option than building your own blog. Instead of building your own blog, you can get paid to write for existing blogs that need help producing content, and there are plenty of them out there.
Being a freelance writer is a great option because you can make very good money if you’re able to land the right clients, and you’ll have a lot of flexibility in your working hours.
Although my business has been primarily focused on my own websites, I’ve done a decent amount of freelance writing over the years and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys writing. Some of my gigs have paid more than $100 per hour of time actually worked (although I usually charged per word or per article, not by the hour).
Interested in getting started? Freelance Writing 101 by Brad Merrill provides an outstanding overview that will get you started on a solid foundation.
10. Become a Delivery Driver
There are a number of restaurant delivery services that hire drivers to make local deliveries. In most cases, you can have a flexible schedule and make money whenever you’re available to work. Likewise, grocery delivery jobs are another similar option.
There are two key advantages of delivery jobs over the popular ride sharing jobs:
- The vehicle requirements are a lot more lenient. For example, DoorDash allows you to use any car for delivers. Ride share driving for Uber or Lyft, on the other hand, requires you to have a car that meets many specific guidelines.
- As a delivery driver, you won’t have strangers riding in your car.
This is a great side hustle if you need start making real money very quickly. There’s no need to build a business and wait months to start making money. You’ll be able to pick up shifts immediately and start making money right away.
If you like to design, you can create your own designs to sell as print-on-demand t-shirts and other products. Even if you’re not a designer, this is still a potential side hustle idea if it appeals to you. There are stock graphics and resources you can buy that will do a lot of the design work for you. Another option is to hire a freelancer to do the design work.
Of course, you could set up your own e-commerce site with Shopify or another platform. But there are also websites that allow you to create your own designs and sell shirts without stocking any inventory. Merch by Amazon and Redbubble are among the most popular, but there are plenty of others.
One of the nice things about this side hustle is that it has the potential to provide passive income once you’re established. For many people, that’s the sign of a perfect side hustle.
If you’re interested in getting started, be sure to check out From Design to Product: Sell Your Art Online Through Print on Demand.
If you’re looking for flexible work with the potential to make good money, proofreading is an excellent opportunity. You’ll need to be good with grammar and have attention to detail. There’s a lot of work available, so it’s a perfect option if you have the grammar skills.
If you’re interested in learning more about proofreading be sure to check out this free workshop from Proofread Anywhere.
13. Take Online Surveys
Online surveys are a favorite side hustle for many people, and there are several reasons why. You don’t need any special experience, anyone can do it, you can take the surveys in your spare time, and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home.
Now, it’s important to set realistic expectations here. Your income potential is limited with online surveys. If you’re looking for a side hustle that can generate thousands of dollars per month or give you the potential to turn it into a full-time business, this isn’t the right fit. But if you’re looking to make an extra $100 – $300 per month with minimal disruption to your life, taking surveys could be a good option.
Online Business Side Hustle Ideas
If you’re interested in starting an online business, there are all kinds of possibilities. Some of them (like blogging, niche websites, and print-on-demand) were mentioned above among my favorite side hustles, but in this section you’ll find many more business ideas.
14. Sell Private-Label Products on Amazon
Amazon is a giant among online retailers, and you can leverage Amazon’s massive audience to sell your own products. One of the best ways is to start your own private label brand. You’ll find a manufacturer to create a product with your own label or branding, send it to Amazon’s warehouses, and when customers place orders, Amazon will fulfill the orders and send the product to customers.
All of the product manufacturing and order fulfillment is handled by someone else, so it’s possible to run this business on limited hours and still make a great income.
Sounds pretty good, right? My wife and I ran a successful private label business part-time from 2015 – 2017 before selling it for a six-figure sum.
One of the downsides of this side hustle idea is that it usually requires an upfront invest for inventory, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to sell that inventory. There are some ways around the upfront investment, but they significantly limit your income potential. My wife and I invested about $10,000 to get started, but it’s possible to start with much less than that.
To learn more about this business model, read my Complete Guide to Selling Private Label Products on Amazon.
15. Start Your Own E-Commerce Website
Aside from selling on Amazon or other marketplaces, another option is to set up your own e-commerce website. Shopify makes all the technical aspects of it very easy and affordable. You can find products to wholesale at sites like Alibaba and AliExpress, or create and sell your own custom products.
The upside is, you’ll have a lot more flexibility and control as compared to selling on Amazon or some other marketplace. The downside is, you’ll need to build your own audience, so it can take some time to see results (unless you’ve got a nice budget for advertising).
Get started with a 14-day free trial of Shopify. And to learn how to build your business, see Shopify E-Commerce Websites for Beginners and Freelancers.
As a dropshipper you can sell products online without carrying any inventory. You’ll fill your e-commerce website with products and when a customer places an order it will go to the wholesaler or manufacturer, and they will ship it to the customer.
It’s a nice hands-free option that requires very little upfront investment. Thanks to the Oberlo app you can easily create a dropshipping e-commerce site built with Shopify.
Sign up for the free trial of Shopify and find Oberlo in the app store.
17. Sell Crafts on Etsy
Are you good with arts and crafts? If so, you could create and sell handmade items on Etsy and other sites like Etsy.
Etsy is a huge platform with millions of buyers looking for crafty items. You can work a flexible schedule and make whatever you want to sell, so it’s a great side hustle for the right person.
To get started, see Sell on Etsy – How to Open a Successful Etsy Shop.
18. Become an Influencer
As the popularity of social platforms like Instagram and TikTok have continued to grow, the opportunities to earn money on those platforms have increased and become more significant. Many brands are looking to reach users through influencer marketing, and if you have a large and active following, you can make a lot of money by partnering with brands to provide them with exposure to your audience.
And really, you don’t need a huge audience to make money as an influencer. Even micro influencers with smaller followings are able to make money if their followers are engaged.
If you’re an avid social media user, this could be a good opportunity for you.
19. Flip Domains
If you’ve ever tried to buy a domain name, you know that it’s not easy to find a good one that’s available.
It seems like all the good .com domain names are already taken. As a result, strong domain names have a lot of value. Some people make very good money by buying and reselling domain names. In some cases this involves finding domains that have just expired and buying them before someone else does.
While it’s not easy, domain flipping offers significant income potential.
20. Flip Websites
If flipping domain names doesn’t really interest you, how about flipping full websites?
If you find a site you can improve, you may be able to make a nice profit from it after you’ve made the improvements and increased its profitability. (I’d recommend having some experience with building and managing websites or blogs before you buy a site.)
21. Create an Online Course
There are online courses available for just about anything you can imagine. I’ve taken countless courses myself, and I’m sure I’ll continue to purchase many other courses in the future. Creating and selling a course in your area of expertise is a great way to make money online. Courses have a much higher perceived value than an e-book, so it’s possible to sell them for high prices. Many courses sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
If you want to create your own course, there are a few ways you could do it. Teachable is an extremely popular platform that makes it really easy to create and sell your own course. The nice thing about using Teachable is that you won’t have to deal with a lot of the technical aspects that can be challenging when setting up your course.
To learn how to create and sell an online course, see Online Course Masters.
22. Start a Podcast
Just like blogs and YouTube channels, podcasts are also a very popular way to deliver content. Many podcasts are published on sites that also have a blog on the same topic.
As a podcaster, you can make a significant amount of money selling sponsorships if you have a decent-sized audience. Of course, you can also use your podcast for affiliate marketing (like interviewing people who sell a course, e-book, or other type of product). Some podcasters also create their own product that can be sold, which is an ideal way to maximize your income potential.
Starting and building a successful podcast takes time and patience, just like growing a blog or YouTube channel. You won’t make money right away, but you’ll build a business that could become something significant in the future.
To learn the ins and outs, please see A Practical Guide to Creating a Podcast.
23. Write and Sell Books or E-books on Amazon
This is a great side hustle for those who like to write. Take advantage of Amazon’s massive reach to get your book or e-book in front of thousands of people very quickly. You can make money by promoting your book to your own audience (if you have an audience), or you can reach buyers directly on Amazon.
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) makes it easy to become a self-pulblished author. You can sell paperback books and Amazon will print the books as they are purchased by customers, which means you don’t need to invest money for expensive print runs and store inventory.
You won’t make a ton of money with each sale, but the goal here is to move a high volume. Most writers that make a lot of money selling books and e-books on Amazon have several different books. To maximize your results, you’ll need to continually write new books (or outsource the writing to others).
This is a really flexible side hustle idea that can be done around your existing schedule. You could use it as a way to make a little extra income, or you could turn it into a full time work.
For a comprehensive guide on self-publishing, see From First Draft to Bestseller.
24. Write and Sell E-books on Your Own Website
Amazon definitely isn’t your only option if you want to write and sell e-books. You can also choose to sell at your own website or blog instead of selling on Amazon. One of the downsides to selling e-books on Amazon is that the prices tend to be very low. If you have a higher-priced e-book, it may not make many sales. In most cases, you could sell it on your own website for a higher price.
Setting this up may sound intimidating, but it’s actually really easy. SendOwl is an awesome tool that will handle the checkout and order fulfillment. It’s very easy to set up and integrate into your existing website, and it’s also easy for customers to buy and download your e-book. I used SendOwl for several years and I highly recommend it.
This is a great option if you already have a website or blog with some traffic.
Get started with a free 30-day trial of SendOwl.
25. Publish on Medium
If you like writing but you want to be able to reach a large audience quickly without building your own blog, you could try publishing on Medium. Even if you have your own blog, you can also write on Medium as a way to make additional income and funnel traffic back to your blog.
Medium already has a massive audience, and you can start your own publication or submit your articles to other publications. You can earn money from Medium based on the number of people that read your articles, and with Medium’s reach, this can add up quickly.
Many freelance writers write for Medium when they’re not busy with client work. It provides a way to make money between client projects while also building up name recognition and increasing exposure.
To learn more, see Start Publishing on Medium.
26. Be a Resume Writer
There are a lot of job searchers who are willing to pay someone to write a professional resume for them. If you have experience with resumes or HR, this could be a great fit for you. You can find your own clients by offering your services as a freelancer. Start by working your personal and professional network to offer your services to people who may be looking for a job.
27. Sell Printables
Printables may not be the first type of online business that comes to mind, but it can be quite lucrative and it works great as a side hustle. There are all different types of printables that you could sell, like planners and organizers, budget sheets, and even things like fun photo booth props.
You can either design the printables yourself or outsource the work to a freelance designer. You could set up a shop on Etsy, or sell from your own website (or both). If you want to sell from your own websites, SendOwl can handle this as well.
To learn how to design and sell printables, please see Printables by Number.
28. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing involves promoting products or services sold by other companies, and earning a commission when your referrals make a purchase. There are also other types of affiliate programs that pay you per lead or for a specific action, like downloading and installing a mobile app.
With affiliate marketing, you can make money without the need to create your own products or services. Many blogs and websites generate revenue through affiliate programs, but having your own website isn’t a must. Some of the top affiliates use paid traffic, like Facebook ads or YouTube ads, to send traffic to their affiliate offers.
One of the nice things about affiliate marketing is that you can find opportunities in any industry and for just about any type of product. The possibilities are virtually endless.
To learn more, see The Ultimate Affiliate Marketing Step-by-Step Blueprint.
29. Start a Facebook Group
There are Facebook Groups focused on just about any topic you can image, and the active groups have plenty of income potential. Of course, some Facebook Groups are managed by websites and blogs as a way of connecting with their audience, but you can certainly run your own group without the need to have a website or blog.
The hardest part of building a successful group will be getting it off the ground. You’ll need to get some active members into the group quickly and ensure that discussions are taking place every day. When visitors come across your group and see that it’s active, they’ll be more likely to join.
Once your group is established, you can monetize it with affiliate marketing. Highly engaged groups are generally very responsive to affiliate offers that are relevant to them.
For more, see How to Grow a Facebook Group Quickly and Effortlessly.
Online Work Side Hustles
If you want to the flexibility and convenience of working online, but you don’t want to start your own business, here are some other options. The downside of all of these options is that the income potential is limited. If you’re looking to maximize your income, starting a business is a better option.
30. At-Home Customer Service
A growing number of companies are hiring customer service reps who work from home. Your work could be done online, by phone, or by online chat. Here are a few companies that you can check out:
Here are some websites where you can find opportunities to provide customer service through online chat:
31. Get Paid to Test Websites
If you want to make some extra income in your spare time without leaving the house, being a website tester is a great option. Companies pay testers to give feedback on websites and apps, and you don’t need any special skills or experience. Typically, you’ll need a computer, internet connect, microphone, and camera. A simple laptop with a built-in web cam and mic will do.
Most of these tasks involve recording yourself using a website or app and sharing your feedback through audio/video. The biggest challenge with this side hustle is that the opportunities are limited. There are more people interesting in doing the testing than there are gigs available, so your income will be limited by the number of opportunities.
If you’re interest in this side hustle, see our article How to Get Paid to Test Websites.
32. Watch Videos Online
Is it possible that you could actually get paid for watching videos online? Yes, it is.
Don’t expect to get rich quick with this approach, but it’s an easy way to make some money in your spare time and you don’t need any skill. There are several different sites where you can sign up and earn money or credits for watching different videos. Some of the best options are Swagbucks (get a $5 bonus for signing up), Inbox Dollars (get a $5 bonus for signing up), and MyPoints (get a $10 bonus for signing up.
33. Data Entry
It’s possible to make money from home and have a flexible schedule by working in data entry. You don’t need a lot of skills or experience to get started. You can apply for work at the following websites:
Another great way to make some extra money without leaving your home or apartment is to do online research. There are companies that will pay you to research different items. These are usually simple tasks that only require basic internet and search skills, but some of the assignments will be more involved. Here are a few of the best websites to check out:
35. Complete Tasks Online
The opportunities in this category vary, but they all allow you to earn money by completing different types of simple tasks.
Amazon Mechanical Turk allows you to make money with short, simple tasks that typically take a few minutes each. Tasks include things like watching videos, categorization, and completing surveys.
Clickworker offers opportunities like data entry, copywriting, editing, proofreading, and research.
36. Work as a Search Engine Evaluator
Did you know you can get paid to evaluate search engine results?
While search engines use algorithms, they also have real humans who evaluate search results, and that’s where you come in.
Each company works a little bit differently, but in general you will need to be internet savvy, and you may need to pass a test before qualifying for the work. This is a great, flexible side hustle that you can do on your own schedule.
Almost all of these jobs are part-time, so it’s not something that will grow into a full-time income.
To learn more about the job and the companies that hire, please see Search Engine Evaluator Jobs.
37. Sell Your Data
You won’t make a ton of money with this side hustle, but it takes almost no effort. As a result, you can also pair it with other side hustle ideas that require more of your time.
There are companies willing to pay for your data, and in most cases you’ll get money or rewards as long as you allow them to collect data. Here are a few options:
MobileXpression is a market research company that will pay you to get access to your mobile browsing data. You’ll earn points each week that you can redeem for gift cards at Amazon or many other retailers. Earn up to $50 per year per device.
SavvyConnect is pretty similar to MobileXpression, except you’re not limited to only using it on mobile devices. You’ll earn $5 per month per device.
Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel will pay you for access to browsing data on your mobile device or laptop. Earn up to $50 per year per device.
38. Join a Focus Group
Online focus groups can be a fun way to make extra money in your spare. It’s somewhat similar to taking online surveys, except that most surveys are brief and your work as part of a focus group will be much more in-depth.
For more, see How to Make Extra Money with Paid Focus Groups.
Side Hustles Ideas for Creatives
Are you creative? If so, here are some business ideas that could be a great fit for you.
39. Freelance Graphic Design
Do you have some design skills? Why not, put them to good use as a graphic designer?
There are a lot of businesses large and small looking for freelance designers for things like logos, brochures, book and e-book layouts, book covers, web graphics, and much more.
If you’re not sure where to start, sites like Fiverr, and Upwork are good places to find your first clients (and don’t forget to ask around, you may have family or friends that would need your services). You can also create your own portfolio website.
To learn more, see Freelance Graphic Designers Masterclass.
40. Freelance Web Design and Development
There also plenty of businesses and organizations looking for web designers and coders. If you have some HTML and CSS skills, or even just experience setting up WordPress-based websites, you should be able to find some work.
Despite what you might think, you don’t have to be a coding master. Thanks to resources like the Divi WordPress theme and the Divi Builder plugin (which can be used with any WordPress theme), it’s possible to create professional websites without coding.
To learn more, see our article How to Make Money as a Web Designer.
If you have a camera and some decent skills, you may be able to make money as a freelance photographer. I know a number of people who make a part-time income with photography.
Even just in your circle of friends and acquaintances, you probably know people who would be looking for maternity, newborn, engagement, family, or senior photos. Wedding photography can be especially lucrative.
Hobbyist photographers who are looking to make money should definitely check out Start Your Photography Business.
42. Stock Photography
Photography is definitely one of the best hobbies for making money. Aside from taking photos for clients, another option is to license your photos through stock photo marketplaces like Shutterstock, Depositphotos, and others. To have success, you’ll need to take photos specifically with stock users in mind, rather than just uploading whatever photos you happen to have on your hard drive.
The stock photo marketplaces already have tens of millions of photos, so standing out is difficult. It’s nearly impossible to get started with stock photography today and turn it into a full-time income, but if you’re looking for a way to use your hobby to make a few hundred dollars per month, it could be a good option. It also works well as a supplement to other photography-related income.
To learn more, please see Getting Started with Stock Photography.
43. Photo Editing
Another photography-related side hustle is to offer photo editing services. Photographs take huge volumes of photos, and editing or processing those digital photos can take a lot of time. Some photographers outsource the work to save time and free up more of their time for what they do best, actually taking the photos.
If you have some experience and skills with Lightroom or Photoshop, you could offer your services to edit photos.
To get started, create a profile on Fiverr and set up your gigs or offers.
44. Voiceover Artist
There’s a lot of demand for voice artists. You don’t have to sound like the movie preview guy, there are opportunities for people with all different types of voices.
If this is a side hustle idea you want to pursue, be sure to see Voice Over Masterclass.
45. Use Your Musical Talents
I’ve mentioned Fiverr a few times, because it’s a great place to market your creative services as a freelancer. On Fiverr, you’ll also mind music related services. For example, if you’re a drummer, you could create a gig so people can hire you to record a certain song on the drums. Of course, there are possibilities for other instruments and vocals as well.
To get started, create your profile on Fiverr.
46. Sell Your Designs and Art
At the beginning of this list, I listed print-on-demand as one of my favorite side hustles, I was focusing on t-shirt and other apparel design, but there are other ways to make money from print on demand sites.
Marketplaces like Redbubble allow you to sell your artwork as prints, or on a wide range of products. If you’re an artist, this could be the ideal opportunity to use your skills to make money.
To get started, see the Sell Art Online Masterclass.
47. Work as a Social Media Manager
Many small businesses don’t have the time or resources to effectively manage their social media profiles in-house. There’s a big opportunity for providing social media marketing services for clients.
This could involve daily monitoring and posting to specific social media sites, managing social ads, and even creating images, videos, or content for brands to share and publish through their social profiles. With just a few clients you can make a decent amount of money each month.
To learn more, see Run Your Social Media Marketing Business.
Selling and Renting Items
Make money by renting things that you don’t use very often, or by selling items. The specific opportunities in this section vary, but they all relate to selling or renting.
48. Retail Arbitrage
Retail arbitrage is a popular option for making money on Amazon. With retail arbitrage you’ll buy products on sale at various retailers and then resell the same product on Amazon for a higher amount. Unlike private labeling, with retail arbitrage you’re not creating your own products, you’re selling products from other brands. There are pros and cons to each approach.
With retail arbitrage, you can get started for a much smaller amount of money. You’ll need to invest some money to buy a few products, but you won’t need to start with thousands of dollars in inventory.
If you’d like an experienced seller to show you step-by-step how to do this, please checkout Amazon Boot Camp.
49. Flea Market Flipping
You can buy items at yard sales, flea markets, auctions, thrift stores, or online and then re-sell them for a profit.
You might sell the products locally in-person, or you can sell on sites like Ebay and Craigslist. You can also gather up things around your house that you no longer use and sell them (which is a perfect way to get started).
It’s very possible to make a great income with this approach, and you don’t need any specific skills or experience. One of the nice things is you can do this with whatever time you have. Do it on a small scale if you only have a few hours, or take it to another level if you have the time. See my list of The Easiest Things to Flip for Profit.
Ready to get started? Check out this free training that shows how to make your first $100 flipping used items in the next 7 days. The couple that provides the training has been making six-figures with flipping for several years.
50. Buy and Sell Collectibles
Turn a hobby into a profitable side hustle by selling collectibles. There are a lot of possibilities here including coins, sports cards, vinyl records, comic books, video games, and much more.
Find items for cheap prices at yard sales, flea markets, auctions, and on websites like Craigslist. If you know the value of the items and what you can resell them for, you can make a good bit of money.
You can sell on websites like Ebay or Craigslist, or set up a stand at flea markets or anywhere else where your ideal buyers will be.
51. Restore and Flip Furniture
You can easily find old furniture for very little money, or even free. Quality wood furniture can be re-finished and easily sold for a profit. Another option is to reupholster furniture, give it a fresh look, and sell it.
You might be suprised by the income potential here. Also, the skills needed to flip furniture can be easily learned.
See our article Flipping Furniture for Profit to learn more.
52. Rent Out Your Stuff
Earlier, I mentioned the possibilities of renting out your storage space or an RV, but that’s really just the start. You can offer just about anything that you own for other people to rent.
To make it even better, there are websites that exist to help match you up with people who want to pay to rent your stuff. Here are some of those sites:
- Fat Llama (all kinds of different stuff)
- Loanables (all kinds of different stuff)
- Style Lend (women’s fashion)
- BabyQuip (baby gear)
Yes, you can actually make money by recycling certain types of products. Of course, you can recycle your own products, but you can also gather or collect products that have some value as recyclables. See this article at The Penny Hoarder for more details.
54. Vending Machines
Vending machines can be a good source of passive income. You’ll buy the machine and keep it stocked. Machines at places like offices, retail stores, and other places that get a lot of foot traffic can make a considerable amount of money. Multiply that by adding more vending machines.
55. Sell Used Appliances
Buying and re-selling used appliances is another realistic option. You can find used appliances for very cheap on Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace. You might pay a small amount for the item, and you may even get some items for free. Many people don’t want to deal with getting rid of their old appliances, so they may even give them to you if you’re willing and able to come pick it up.
You’ll clean up the appliance to make it look as good as possible, and maybe make some repairs if it’s not working as it should, and then sell it for more than you paid for it.
To get started, see our article How to Sell Used Appliances for Cash.
56. Be a Friend
RentAFriend.com allows people to pay others for companionship. Renting out your friendship sounds a little crazy and kind of creepy, but apparently a lot of people are doing it and making real money.
Please read our article How to Make Money by Being a Friend.
57. Grow and Sell Produce
If you enjoy gardening, why not turn it into a money-making venture? You could sell at a farm stand, farmers market, flea market, or even through the internet. RipeNearMe is a website that allows you to list your excess produce that is for sale.
58. Sell Your Hair
One way to make some extra income is to sell your hair. People are willing to buy hair for different reasons, like making a wig. At HairSellon you can list your hair for sale. The amount you’ll get will depend on a lot of factors, including length and color. Many sell for a few hundred dollars, and some even sell for more than $1,000.
Teaching Side Hustles
Share your knowledge, help others learn, and make money. There are teaching and tutoring opportunities in your local area, as well as some online opportunities. Each one will have it’s own requirements (like your education or certifications), so not all of these options will be possibilities for everyone.
59. Teach or Tutor
Sign up with VIPKid (must have at least a Bachelor’s degree) to teach English to Chinese children (ages 4-12). VIPKid provides the lesson plans and you can teach from home, so it’s a great way to make some money on the side. You can earn $14 – $22 per hour and pick your own schedule.
There are several other websites that allow you to find opportunities for online tutoring.
See our list of the best online tutoring jobs.
60. Work as a Substitute Teacher
Every school has a need for substitute teachers (that need is very strong right now with a shortage of workers). If you’re qualified, you may be able to work part-time and make some money this way.
The specific requirements will vary depending on where you live, but many states do not require teaching certification. Check with your local school districts for opportunities.
61. Become a Driving Instructor
If you’re not afraid to ride in a car with teenage beginner drivers, another possibility is to become a driving instructor. Most high schools offer some sort of driver’s education, and private classes or lessons are also possible.
See this article for details on how to become a driving instructor.
62. Offer Music Lessons
If you have some musical ability, this can be a great side hustle that earns a pretty good hourly rate. Pick up a few clients for weekly lessons and you can easily make some money on the side.
You can take appointments around your schedule, so it’s possible even if you have a full-time job. Not only will you make some extra money, but if you enjoy music, you’ll probably have some fun teaching others.
There are many local businesses with bulletin boards where you can publicize your services, and also try listings on sites like Craigslist. You can also offer online music lessons through sites like TakeLessons, Lessonface, and Live Music Tutor.
Sports and Fitness-Related Side Hustles
If you love sports or just staying in shape and getting exercise, there are ways to incorporate that into a successful side hustle.
63. Coach Sports
There are a lot of opportunities for coaching sports, including school and recreational leagues. The pay varies a lot depending on the situation, so in some situations it may not be the most lucrative side hustle. But if you want to make some money doing something you enjoy, it may be an option that you want to consider.
64. Private Coaching or Lessons
Aside from coaching a team, you can also make money providing individual instruction. This can actually be pretty lucrative. A lot of parents are willing to spend money on private coaching for their kids in hopes of a college scholarship.
If you have good abilities and knowledge of a particular sport, or even a specific aspect of a sport, this is a great option. I know people who have paid private basketball and golf coaches, and hitting instructors for baseball. You could even run your own camps if you wanted to take it to the next level.
65. Referee or Officiate Sports
Another way to make money with sports is to be a referee or official. Depending on the league you may need to get a certification (like for officiating most high school sports), but recreational leagues often do not have the same requirements. Even if you do need to get a certification that’s usually something that you can do without too much difficulty.
As a ref you can make decent money. I did this for a year when I was in college and I hated it, but many people actually enjoy it.
66. Work as a Personal Trainer
If you spend a lot of time in the gym, why not turn it into a money-making venture? There are a lot of people looking for personal trainers, and you can make a good hourly rate with a flexible schedule.
You could do this for just a few hours a week to make some additional income, or find more clients and turn it into a full-time business. There are a number of different organizations and associations that offer certification.
67. Become a Zumba Instructor
If you like to have fun and stay fit, becoming a Zumba instructor could be a great side hustle. You’ll get training and receive a license to begin teaching Zumba classes.
68. Get Paid for Healthy Activities
It may sound too good to be true, but there are actually some apps that will pay you for exercising and completing healthy activities. Don’t expect to make loads of money this way, but if you’re already doing these things anyway it doesn’t hurt to make a little extra money.
Evidataion will pay you for tracking steps, sleep, meals, tweets & more. You’ll get paid real cash (by PayPal or direct deposit), not credits.
Sweatcoin pays you for your outdoor steps, tracked by your phone’s accelerometers and GPS location.
69. Get Paid to Lose Weight
If you’re looking to lose some weight, how about adding a monetary incentive to give you even more motivation?
At HealthyWage you can make a weight loss bet and set your target amount of weight to lose. If you hit your goal you’ll make some money! But if you don’t hit your goal, you’ll lose the bet and your money.
If you’re an animal lover, why not find a way to make money working with pets? Here are some options.
70. Be a Dog Walker or Pet Sitter
Dog walking is a pretty easy side hustle (as long as you’re in good health), and it’s a service a lot of pet owners with busy schedules need.
Find a few clients in your area and enjoy your side hustle with a flexible schedule. You can ask around your circle of friends and family, post a listing on Craigslist or Facebook, or put out some fliers in your area to find your first few clients.
Rover is a popular network that connects pet owners with dog walkers and pet sitters.
Wag is another online network for dog walkers and sitters.
Care.com also has a pet care section where you can list your availability for services like walking and sitting.
71. Pet Grooming
Another option is to offer grooming services for dogs and other pets. Most dog owners aren’t able (or willing) to do this themselves, so there are plenty of potential clients.
If you enjoy raising animals, another option is to become a breeder. This side hustle requires a lot of work and commitment, so only attempt it if it’s something that you really want to do. Also, while you can make some money, it’s usually not the most lucrative option, so if you’re in it mostly for the money you may want to consider something else. But if it’s a side hustle that appeals to you, see this article about How to Start a Dog Breeding Business.
73. Pooper Scooper
Many dog owners will pay someone to clean up their yard. It’s definitely not the most pleasant side hustle, but you can make decent money doing it, partly because other people don’t want to do it.
Caring for Others
There are several ways to make money by caring for others. Here are just a few of the possibilities.
Babysitting is a side hustle that’s been around for many, many years, and it’s not going away anytime soon. In fact, babysitting is probably one of the most popular first side hustles, but it’s not only for teenagers.
There are different ways to go about getting clients. Word-of-mouth is usually the best since parents want to know that they can trust the person who’s watching their kids. Start by checking with family friends, co-workers, and people at your church or other organizations. Once you have a few happy clients, the word should start to spread, since parents talk about their kids more than anything else.
If you’re a nurse or a caregiver full-time, you can make some money by providing in-home services to clients on the side. There’s a huge need for this type of service, and with baby boomers getting older, the need is likely to continue to increase.
76. Become a Doula
A doula provides support to mothers through the birthing process. If you love to help others and enjoy the birthing process, this can be a good way to make some extra income. That being said, I imagine it can be quite demanding and intense at times.
There are a few different organizations that offer certifications. Once you’re certified you can use DoulaMatch.net to help get exposure and find local clients.
77. Massage Therapy
Message therapy is another service-related side hustle in the industry. You’ll need certification, but there are a lot of schools and associations offering this, and it can be achieved pretty quickly.
After you’re certified, you can find clients and work a flexible schedule. You can go to the homes of your clients, or set up a small office.
There are all kinds of different services you can provide to help people with their homes or offices. Some of them require particular skills and others are more simple. These are just a few of the possibilities.
78. Clean Houses
Cleaning houses or offices may not be the most glamorous way to make money, but there are plenty of potential clients and opportunities. This is a side hustle that you could do on a small scale and benefit from a flexible schedule, or take it big and make it a full-time business.
To find your first clients spread the word with your friends and family, post to Craigslist and Facebook, and consider creating a profile at Care.com in the housekeeping section. Many of your clients will hire you on a repeat basis, so ideally you won’t need to be constantly looking for clients.
To learn more, please read How to Start a Cleaning Business in 10 Simple Steps.
79. Carpet Cleaning
Instead of offering general house cleaning services, you could specialize in carpet cleaning. You’ll need to invest some money in equipment, but you can earn a pretty good hourly rate by cleaning carpets.
80. Paint Houses
There are plenty of people interested in hiring painters. My wife and I typically do our own painting, but just in the past few years we’ve hired two different painters for projects that we couldn’t do ourselves or when we didn’t have the time. Most jobs will be fairly basic, but you’ll get some jobs that require the right ladders or scaffolding, and some comfort with heights.
There are a lot of possibilities though, as every house needs paint from time-to-time. Aside from just painting interior walls, you can also paint shudders, front doors, fences, decks, and other exterior surfaces.
This is another side hustle that you could do part-time around your existing schedule, or turn it into a full-time business. There are also some related services that you can offer, like wallpaper removal and installing crown molding.
81. Pressure Washing
If you have a pressure washer, you can start a pressure washing or power washing service business. If you don’t already have one, you can buy one for just a few hundred dollars. Many people hire others to wash their house, patio, deck, sidewalks, or driveway.
82. Interior Design
If you have an artistic and creative side, interior design might be a great side hustle for you. You could work in residences or for businesses.
83. Work as a Home Stager
When people are trying to sell their house, they want to make it look as good as possible. Many home sellers and real estate agents will hire a home stager to handle this important job. Working as a home stager could be an excellent side gig.
To learn more, please read How to Become a Home Stager.
84. Work as a Handyman
If you have a wide variety of skills, you could work as a handyman. You might find yourself doing some plumbing, painting, carpentry, assembling things, and a lot of other odd jobs. Post your services on Craigslist, and of course, spread the word with your family and friends. You can also use sites like Handy.com and Jiffy to find work.
For more details, please read How to Start Handyman Business.
85. Repair Appliances
Tradeskills.io offers a course that will teach you how to repair and resell appliances. You’ll learn the skills to repair appliances, and they’ll also teach you how to run the business. You’ll find free or low-priced broken appliances, fix them, and sell them for profit.
86. Window Cleaning
Cleaning windows is another possible side hustle that you can do without any specific skills or experience. A lot of businesses and some homeowners are more than willing to pay you to clean their windows. Invest a small amount in equipment and you’ll be in business.
87. Laundry Care
Laundry Care is a service that people can use to hire others to do their laundry. You can make some extra money by working as a Laundry Care provider. They handle all of the client sign-ups and invoicing. You’ll need to be able to do laundry during daytime hours and have a reliable car. Right now Laundry Care is only in select cities, but planning to expand.
Of course, you could also offer laundry services on your own and find clients directly.
88. Organize Other People’s Homes
Do you have a knack for organization? If so, other people may be interested in hiring you to organize their homes. This could involve organizing closets, specific rooms, or creating better storage options.
To learn more, please read How to Become a Professional Organizer.
89. Landscaping and Yard Work
Do you like working outside? There are plenty of possibilities for making money on the side by doing landscaping, mowing lawns, trimming plants, and other types of yard work. If you have a few regular customers (like weekly lawn mowing jobs) you can make good money without even needing to look for work.
90. Pool Cleaning
Pool cleaning is another service that you can offer in your local area. You can service a few clients and benefit from a flexible schedule, or try to make it a full-time business. You’ll need some knowledge of pools, but it’s pretty easy to learn.
91. Snow Removal
For this side hustle, you’ll have to rely on the weather to provide the opportunity, but when the opportunity comes you can make pretty good money. Invest in a snowblower and simply offer your services to people when it snows.
Nobody likes to shovel, so it’s not too hard to find people who are willing to pay. If you have a truck with a plow, you can also offer your services to businesses that need to have a parking lot cleared quickly after the snow comes.
92. Start a Moving Service
If you don’t mind some physical labor, you can get paid to help people move. You’ll probably need a partner, or you’ll need to hire someone. Paying movers can be quite expensive, even for local moves, so there’s plenty of money to be made here.
Shopping Services and Other Tasks
In this section, you’ll find some easy side hustles that just about anyone can do, although you’ll need a car or mode of transportation.
93. Mystery Shopping
Companies use mystery shoppers to get valuable feedback, and if you like to shop this can be a great way to make some extra money. You’re income potential as a mystery shopper or secret shopper is limited, but it can be a fun way to make some extra money (and get free meals) in your spare time.
To learn more, please read How to Become a Secret Shopper.
94. Shop for Other People
Shipt is an on-demand grocery delivery service. You can apply to work for them. You’ll be responsible for shopping for the groceries and delivering them to customers, and you’ll be able to earn up to $22 per hour. Instacart is another similar service that hires shoppers/drivers.
95. Complete Various Tasks with TaskRabbit
With TaskRabbit you can make money by completing tasks in categories like delivery, cleaning, moving, handyman, furniture assembly, and personal assistant. You can see the tasks that are available in your area and choose the ones that you want to accept.
With the right experience or training, there are some professional services that can also work well as side hustles. Whether you’re simply looking to make some extra cash or your spare time or you want to build a small business, these types of services are possibilities.
96. Work as a Consultant
This is a really broad one because you could do just about any type of consulting as freelance work. If you have experience or knowledge in a field, it’s possible that others would be interested in paying you as a consultant.
If you want to do consulting part-time, you could schedule clients around your existing commitments. If you wanted to take it full-time, that would be a possibility too. In a lot of fields, consultants can demand a high hourly rate.
For more, please see Kings of Consulting.
97. Prepare Taxes
If you have a background in accounting or tax preparation, you could offer your services to people who don’t want to do their own income taxes. With software like TurboTax it’s probably not as easy to find clients as it was years ago, but there are still plenty of people who prefer to have a real person with experience handling their taxes. If it’s a side hustle, just be sure that you don’t take on too many clients right before the April 15th deadline.
98. Start a Bookkeeping Business
Similarly, you can also offer bookkeeping services to clients. Tax prep services will be in high demand early in the year before April 15th, but businesses need bookkeeping services year round. This is something you could do on the side, or turn it into a full-time business.
To learn more, please see How to Start a Bookkeeping Business.
99. Become a Notary
You’ll need to go through the process of becoming a notary if you want to pursue this side hustle, but it’s not that difficult. Once you do, you can make money for simple things. Check out the National Notary Association for information.
100. Become a Freelance Recruiter
Here’s a freelance opportunity that most people don’t know about. You could freelance for a recruiting agency or recruiter and earn a commission whenever someone you’ve recruited is hired to the job.
This opportunity is ideal for people who have recruiting or HR experience. You’ll need to do some legwork to find opportunities, but there are probably several recruiting agencies in your area that you could reach out to.
For more details, please read How to Make Money as a Freelance Recruiter.
101. Invent Things
If you’re the creative type, you may enjoy making money by selling your ideas. To be honest, it’s not easy to sell and idea, but there are some opportunities out there if you have an invention that companies are willing to pay for.
Please see our list of companies that pay for invention ideas to see where you might be able to sell your ideas.
Aside from the types of services we’ve already looked at, there are many other types of services you can provide as a side hustle. Here are just a few of the possibilities.
102. Start a Trash Cleanup Business
This is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated side hustle ideas. Every office complex, strip mall, or retail store needs to keep its parking lot clean. You could start a business clearing litter from parking lots and make a great income.
You could run your trash cleanup business as a part-time side hustle, or grow it into a full-time business. Brian Winch has been earning six-figures per year since the ’80s with this trash cleanup business, and he teaches his exact business model in Cleanlots.
Brian calls it “America’s simplest business.” You don’t need any skills or experience to start, you don’t need a lot of capital or expensive equipment, and you can build up a significant income very quickly. If you’d like to be a business owner but you’re not sure what type of business to start, be sure to check this one out.
To learn how to start and run a successful trash cleanup business, please check out Cleanlots.
103. Mechanic or Small Engine Repair
If you have the skills and experience, you can make money fixing cars or small engines, and the pay can be pretty good.
Just last week I was looking for someone to fix a leaf blower that I couldn’t get to start. I searched Craigslist and found a guy in my area. He repairs small engines in the evenings and weekends when he’s not working his day job. All he had to do was place the listing on Craigslist and I found him, and he made $40.
If you’re an auto mechanic you can look into YourMechanic.com, where you can make $40 – $50 per hour working flexible hours.
104. At-Home Sales
NexRep offers opportunities to work from home in sales, with opportunities for inbound and outbound calls (they also have opportunities in customer service).
105. Direct Sales
You probably know at least a few people involved in direct sales. I have a few friends and family that do pretty well with home parties and other types of sales.
You can sell anything from makeup and cosmetics, to cleaning products, to supplements, to essential oils, to utilities, and more. In some cases these businesses have a multi-level marketing structure or organization where you’ll have dual responsibility for selling products and recruiting other sellers. Of course, MLMs don’t have the best reputation, and for good reason, but there are some legit direct sales opportunities out there.
106. Wash and Detail Cars
This is an easy side hustle that just about anyone can do. You don’t need any particular skills and you need very little equipment. Just find people who either don’t have time or aren’t able to wash their own car and you can make some money.
When I was a kid my dad and I waxed cars one summer to make extra money. Most of our business came from senior citizens who wanted to take good care of their cars but couldn’t do the work themselves.
Working as a valet parking attendent could be an excellent weekend job or a way to make some money on the side. Typically, you’ll get paid a small hourly amount, and you’ll also be able to earn tips.
108. Computer Repair
If you’re knowledgeable and experienced with computers you can offer repair services. There are always people who need work on their computers, and often dealing with the big stores is expensive and frustrating.
109. Offer Tech Support
HelloTech offers in-home tech support for things like mounting TVs, computer repair, networking, audio and video, and more. If you have the skills, you can apply to be one of their techs and control your own working hours.
110. Give Advice
Websites like JustAnswer make it possible to turn your expertise into money. You’ll answer people’s questions and provide advice for their specific situations.
To learn more, please see our article Get Paid to Give Advice Online.
111. Personal Stylist
As a personal stylist, you can help people look and feel better about themselves, and make some money doing it. You can find clients through word-of-mouth, or post your services on sites like Craigslist and Facebook.
In certain cities you can apply to be a women’s stylist with Stitch Fix and work a flexible schedule.
112. Makeup Artist
Working as a makeup artist is another side hustle idea. If you get some work from brides, you can make pretty good money on the side.
This may be a good fit if you’re in direct sales for a company that sells makeup and cosmetics. You can use your own products, and some of your clients may wind up buying products from you in the future.
113. Hair Stylist
This is another option that is ideal for weddings, proms, and special events.
114. Personal Assistant
Favor is an app that allows you to make money as a personal assistant (opportunities only in Texas at this time). You’ll be picking up things for clients, and Favor says runners average between $10 – $18 per hour.
It can be a difficult industry to break into and actually make money, but it’s possible to have a side hustle as a model. Many of the entry-level jobs and opportunities you’ll find online will be unpaid. In many cases, the photographer will give you photos for your portfolio in exchange for your services. You can also work through a modeling agency to try to find paying work.
116. Sewing and Alterations
If you have the right skills, you can make decent money and work flexible hours with this side hustle. About two years ago I hired a local woman I found on Craigslist to do some work for me. She did a lot of clothing alterations and prom season was the peak of her business. You can also work on things like custom drapes, and other types of projects.
117. Start a Junk Removal Business
If you have a van or a truck, you can haul away junk for people. In some cases, you may even pick up things that you can resell for extra money. Removing large items is a pain, so there are plenty of people willing to pay for junk removal services. I’ve hired junk removal people twice just in the past few years.
118. Work as a Political Advocate
Next Wave Advocacy hires independent contractors for phone-based work. You’ll be able to work flexible hours from home talking to people about political issues.
119. Charge Scooters
If you live in a city, you probably see a lot of people riding around on rented electric scooters. Did you know that you can make money by taking those scooters home and charging them? You’ll need to apply to be a charged, but it can be a nice way to earn some extra cash.
To learn more, please read How to Make Money Charging Electric Scooters.
If you have some woodworking skills, you might be able to make money on the side by taking some carpentry work. This could include making things like shelves, tables, and other customized items. If this is something you enjoy, it could be an ideal way to make money in your spare time.
Language-Related Side Hustles
There are several good side hustles related to language and typing skills, aside from transcription (which was covered earlier).
If you’re very, very fast at typing you may be able to get work for closed captioning. These are just some of the companies that pay for this type of work:
If you’re multilingual, you can make money by offering translation services. You could find clients on your own, or use one of several different sites that offer translation work. Aside from freelancing sites like Upwork, these sites are good places to find work as a translator:
123. Write Greeting Cards
Have you ever thought that you could write cards as good as the ones you see for sale in stores? If so, you could actually get paid to do it. There are a number of companies that pay people to write greeting cards. This article at The Penny Hoarder provides a lot of information.
Travel and Tourism Side Hustles
Do you love to travel? Do you like to connect with people from different parts of the world who are visiting your local area? If so, there are several possible side hustles that may be a great fit for you.
124. Be a Tour Guide
If you enjoy meeting new people, offering services as a tour guide is a great option for making some extra money. Withlocals is a site that allows people like you to offer tours and unique experiences for visitors who want to connect with local insiders. Tours by Locals offers similar possibilities.
125. Provide a Service to Tourists
In addition to being a tour guide, there are plenty of other ways you can make money by serving tourists. As a real-world example, a few years ago my wife and I were in Boston, and as we were walking into a historic cemetery there was a guy handing out informational folders that he put together. When you entered the cemetery you could take one of his folders for free and it had all kinds of information about who was buried in the cemetery, where their graves are located, and what was noteworthy about their life. When you left he would get the folder back to give it to someone else, and many people tipped him. We gave him a few dollars because it was really helpful. I’m sure he made pretty good money that day because there were a lot of people going through the cemetery.
126. Travel Agent
Another way to make money in the travel industry is to offer services as a travel agent. If you like planning and you’re good at researching and finding the best deals, this could be a good fit for you.
There are obviously a lot of websites that exist to help people find good travel deals, but there are still a lot of people that prefer to have the help of a travel agent rather than doing it themselves. This could also be a good fit if you travel a lot and have good experiences that you can recommend to others.
Real Estate Side Hustles
There are a lot of different ways you can make money with real estate. Here are a few.
127. Rent Your House, Apartment, or Just a Room
This is a really popular way to make money. You could rent your house for a few weeks a year when you’ll be traveling, rent out a second home as much as you can throughout the year, or just rent an extra room (great option if you live in a college town) that you have in your house.
To learn more, please read How to Rent a Room on Airbnb.
128. Rent Your Home to Filming Productions
LocationsHub provides a unique side hustle opportunity. You can list your home or property so filmmakers can find it. You can make money by renting it out to be used in a film. There is a cost (currently $4.95 per month) to list your property.
129. Rent Out Your Driveway
If you live in a city, parking can be hard to come by. If you have a driveway you can rent it out to others who will pay you to be able to park there. JustPark, SpotHero, and ParqEx allow you to list your driveway so renters can find it. If you’re in the UK you can list your parking space on YourParkingSpace.co.uk.
130. Rent Your Land to Campers
131. Invest in Real Estate
One of the best ways to make passive income is to own rental properties. You can easily have the time to manage a few properties as a side hustle, or if you want it to be completely passive you can hire a property manager (or invest through Arrived). The downside here is that you’ll need some money to invest.
132. Crowdfunded Real Estate
What if you want to invest in real estate, but you don’t have the money, time, or experience to manage your own properties? Crowdfunding is a great way to get the perks of investing in real estate without most of the challenges. You can invest without needing to do any of the work, making it completely passive.
There are several different websites that allow you to get involved with crowdfunding real estate. The details vary. Some of them are available to anyone and only require a small investment to get started. Others are available only to accredited investors.
133. Rent Out Office Space
If you own space that could be used as an office you can make some passive income by renting it out to others. LiquidSpace is a marketplace that allows you to list your own space so renters can find it.
134. Rent Land to Farmers
If you own a large property, you could rent out land to farmers. You could find a renter privately, or use a website like Shared Earth to connect with farmers.
135. Flipping Houses
If you’re willing to take some risk, flipping houses has the potential to make a lot of money. It helps you have existing experience with real estate or if you’re handy can do some of the work yourself (or at least can estimate how much the work will cost). Be careful though, it’s not as easy as it looks on HGTV.
To learn more, see Learn to Fix and Flip Step-by-Step.
Side Hustles That Use Your Car or Vehicle
Why not use your car to help make some extra money? There are a growing number of possibilities.
136. Become an Amazon Flex Delivery Driver
Amazon also offers their own delivery service. They claim that Flex drivers make $18-$25 per hour working a flexible schedule. This could serve as a side hustle or a full-time job, depending on what you’re looking for.
One of the more popular gig economy side hustles in recent years is to drive for Uber or Lyft. You’ll benefit from a flexible schedule and make money just for driving people. Keep in mind that you’ll need to account for the added expenses for gas and wear-and-tear on your vehicle.
138. Rent Out Your Car
If you have a car that doesn’t get used very often, you can put it to good use and make some money by renting it out to other people. There are a few websites that allow you to list your car so renters can find you.
To learn more, please read How to Make Money with Car Sharing.
139. Drive Your Truck
At GoShare you can make money by driving your truck or cargo van to haul things for other people. You can make $47 – $71 per hour, plus tips.
140. Rent Out Your Boat
141. Turn Your Car Into an Advertisement
Did you know that companies will pay you to advertise on your car? At Free Car Media you can sign up to offer your car to advertisers. You can make $50 per month for a rear window advertisement or $400 per month for a full car wrap.
Another similar option is Carvertise. They pay $100 – $200 per month for a full wrap, and you can also earn extra money by parking your car in specific locations ($30 per hour).
With Wrapify you can make anywhere from $84 per month for a panel to $452 per month for a full wrap.
Entertainment-Related Side Hustles
There are also opportunities to work in entertainment-related industries. Most of these opportunities involve working at specific events, so it’s possible to do this part-time on the side of a full-time job.
142. DJ Weddings and Events
If you have the right equipment, you can make a good income DJing weddings and special events. Most of these events tend to be on weekends, so it’s ideal even if you have a full-time job. And you can make good money doing it.
The best way to get clients is from exposure that you’ll get working events, so you really just need to get started however you can. You can also create a profile at Gig Salad to make it easier for people to find you.
143. Be a Wedding Planner
If you love weddings and you’re good at planning and organizing, this is a good side hustle for you. Again, the events are usually on the weekend, so it’s definitely something you can do even if you have a full-time job.
If you have some musical abilities you could make money performing at weddings, bars and restaurants, and at other events. This is another one where the exposure you get from working one job will often lead to more work.
145. Entertain as a Costumed Character
It may not be the first side hustle that comes to mind, but it could be a lot of fun. You can entertain at parties as a costumed character. Gig Salad also has a section for this.
Cooking and Food-Related Side Hustles
If you’re skilled in the kitchen, there are several ways you could make money from those abilities. Here are just a few side hustle ideas.
146. Start a Catering Business
You could cater events, including weddings, corporate events, and church events. You’ll need to be able to cook for large groups, and you’ll probably need to hire some people to help with serving and cooking.
147. Cook Meals
Do you like to cook but have no interest in anything as involved as a catering business? If so, there are several websites that allow you to make money by cooking meals for others.
- Eat With focuses on matching travelers with local hosts. You can apply to be a host and make money by cooking and hosting others for dinner.
- BonAppetour also allows you to list your in-home dining experiences.
- Feastly allows you to post your dinner events for others to find.
148. Start a Baking Business
Do you like to bake? How about starting a baking business?
Wedding cakes are an obvious possibility, but there are plenty of others. My wife has ordered cakes and cupcakes from a local woman for our kids’ birthday parties the past few years.
149. Become a Wine Guide
Through Traveling Vineyard you can sign up to become a wine guide and start your own business. You’ll help with in-home wine tasting events and make money. If you like meeting people and wine, this could be a good opportunity. There are some costs involved.
150. Work as a Bartender
Pick up some evening or weekend shifts as a bartender and you can make some money on the side of your full-time job.
If you’re looking for some extra money, picking up some shifts as a server at a restaurant is an easy option. You could also serve at events for local caterers.
Health and Medical Side Hustles
152. Donating Plasma
It’s not the most common side hustle, but donating plasma can be a good way to make extra money (not to mention, you’ll helping others in need). You can actually make up to $400 a month by selling your plasma.
To learn all the important details, please see Get Paid to Donate Plasma.
153. Sperm Donor
Sorry ladies, this is not an equal opportunity side hustle. But don’t worry, the next few are for you. Guys, you can make money by donating sperm, and you’ll get to help people. Check with a local sperm bank for opportunities.
(Before jumping into this money-making opportunity, be sure to consider the implications of other people using your sperm to produce children and make sure that you’re comfortable with it.)
154. Egg Donation
I’m certainly no expert, but some people say that donating eggs is a health risk. That being said, you can make thousands of dollars doing it. If you’re considering it, read this article first.
155. Sell Breast Milk
Only the Breast is a community for moms to buy and sell breast milk. From searching the listings in my local area it looks like you probably won’t make a ton of money doing this, but you could make something.
156. Be a Surrogate
Again, this is one that you need to thoroughly research and consider before deciding, but there is a possibility to make a lot of money (you’ll deserve it). If you do a Google search for how to make money as a surrogate you’ll find many websites.
Pick One of These Side Hustle Ideas and Get Started!
Now that you’ve looked at a huge list of ways to make money, it’s time to pick one that would be a good fit for you. There are so many possibilities here, there’s bound to be something that would be a great opportunity for you. Take action and move forward to get one step closer to the financial life that you want.